Historic Repair & Restoration

Building Address

4225-4231 S. Central Ave

City

Los Angeles

Date Serviced

Nov-12

Building Description

The Dunbar Hotel, originally known as the Hotel Somerville, was the focal point of the Central Avenue African-American community in Los Angeles, California, during the 1930s and 1940s. Built in 1928, it was known for its first year as the Hotel Somerville. In 1930, the hotel was renamed the Dunbar, and it became the most prestigious hotel in LA's African-American community. In the early 1930s, a nightclub opened at the Dunbar, and it became the center of the Central Avenue jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s.
In 2011, Dunbar Village L.P. was formed and purchased the buildings. The project included transforming the three existing buildings, the Dunbar Hotel, Somerville I and Somerville II, into one cohesive, activated, mixed-use, intergenerational community that honors South Los Angeles and the historic Dunbar Hotel. The new community is called Dunbar Village. Preserving Dunbar Hotel’s historic brick facade, grand entry and lobby, the new design provides 41 residential units of affordable housing for seniors with amenities that include a community room, communal kitchen, media lounge, billiard table, library area and fitness room.

Products Used

Restoration Cleaner
Siloxaine WB
LA Spec Mortar Mix

Services Performed

Historic Repair & Restoration

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